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Will the DRC and Zambia finally settle their border dispute?

By Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala
Posted on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 07:23

On the road to the Kasumbalesa border post, which leads to Zambia, in the rich mining province of Katanga, DRC. Gwenn DUBOURTHOUMIEU/JA

Demarcation work has resumed on 20 August on the contentious dispute between DRC and Zambia. Could this be the final push to resolving the decades-old fight?

Since then, Congolese and Zambian experts have been carrying out new demarcation work on the border between the DRC and Zambia. The problem lies with the almost 200km between Lakes Moero and Tanganyika.

In 1996, and again in 2006 and 2016, armies from the two countries were involved in numerous incidents. More recently, the DRC accused Zambia in May 2020 of demonstrating “a desire to annex part of its territory”, claiming that Zambian soldiers had been stationed, since March, within Kubanga, Kalubamba, Libondwe, Moliro and Minyenye, located in Tanganyika province.